ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Kazakhstan Journalists’ Union, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, has awarded Pakistani journalist and eTN Correspondent, Agha Iqrar Haroon, for his work to promote Kazakhstan and his culture.
The Award of Excellence was given to Agha Iqrar Haroon by Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Pakistan H.E. Mr. Bakhytbek Shabarbaev.
Agha Iqrar Haroon got this award for his participation in a contest for foreign journalists reporting on the country entitled “Kazakhstan in the Eyes of Foreign Media.” He is the first Pakistani journalist ever to receive this award of excellence from the government of Kazakhstan.
Agha Iqrar Haroon is a Pakistani who belongs to a literary and journalistic family. Haroon is a research journalist and social activist and started his career in 1986 with Progressive Press International (PPI). Since then, he has occupied senior positions in different media houses such as Nawa – i – Waqt Group, Al-Jazeera Television Channel in Pakistan, Abu Dhabi TV, Waqt TV, GEO News, and Abb Takk. Haroon is currently working as a freelance writer for eTurboNews and heads the Dispatch News Desk news agency.
The Kazakhstan Journalists’ Union, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, announced a contest for foreign journalists reporting on the country everywhere to promote Kazakhstan at the international horizon.
The contest, judged by a panel drawn from members of the Journalists’ Union and distinguished guests, seeks to encourage high quality and insightful reporting on Kazakhstan in foreign media. The contest is open to journalists from North and South America, Europe, CIS countries, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Oceania, with one winner selected from each region.
While talking to the Dispatch News Desk (DND) news agency, Agha Iqrar Haroon thanked the Kazakhstan government for appreciating his work, saying he was of the view that he would continue to promote Central Asia in South Asia and all over the world because Central Asia a region that needed attention from journalists for its positive promotion.